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1  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / Re: WW&F Receives Railway Heritage Grant on: April 07, 2017, 09:05:44 PM
Actually, half of the eight 2017 Heritage Grants were awarded to narrow gauge preservation efforts throughout the US. Not a bad showing at all.
2  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Museum Discussion / WW&F Receives Railway Heritage Grant on: April 06, 2017, 08:09:50 PM
The National Railway Historical Society has selected the WW&F Railway Museum as a recipient of a Railway Heritage Grant. This award of $3000 will be used to help equip the locomotives and rolling stock of the railway with an Eames Automatic vacuum brake system. Automatic vacuum brakes are an important safety feature as our railroad expands, as they will engage automatically if the cars in the train become separated. Moreover, the single control in the cab will give the engineer greater control over the train.

The original WW&F used straight vacuum brakes on their locomotives, and the restored Number 9 now utilizes these as independent (engine) brakes. To protect the entire train, Eames patented an automatic vacuum braking system, but it was never fully developed in the US, due to his untimely death. As the Museum is a continuation of the original WW&F railway, it is fitting that we fully develop automatic vacuum brakes – which is likely the choice the original WW&F would have considered had it been required to install an automatic braking system.

Already WW&F museum coach 8 and Number 9 have been equipped with this system; but testing was not completed in 2016 due to other projects. Testing will be completed in the coming year and the system added gradually to the remaining locomotives and rolling stock.

The WW&F thanks the National Railway Society for choosing this project to receive a Railway Heritage grant. The NRHS has been very supportive of past projects at the WW&F, including funding the recreated Planished American Rolled Iron (also called "Russia Iron") jacket on Number 9 and our continued mainline extension.

This particular grant application was originally authored by museum volunteer Bill Baskerville. Later it was revised by Ed Lecuyer, Steve Piwowarski, Jason Lamontagne, James Patten, and John McNamara. Anyone who would like to help this ad hoc grant committee with future applications is welcome to contact me.
3  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Down the Mountain to Trout Brook - Official Work Thread on: April 04, 2017, 03:35:45 PM
I'll take that question...
We already leverage the success of the fund drive in all of our grant applications. Usually there is a question that boils down to "how are you going to raise the remaining funds to complete the project?" Our answer is almost always "through our highly successful Fall Fundraiser." So, in a sense, there has always been a "match" through the Fall Fundraiser for most of our grants.

That said, the ERHT grant was unique in that their funds could not be released until the match was raised, and that the funds to be matched had to come as part of a new effort. (In other words, we could not leverage funds already raised for the project, nor use their grant to pay off loans related to the project - such as the rail purchase.) The trustees of ERHT agreed that doing the match through our Fall Fundraiser met their requirements, and we thank them for their flexibility and generosity.

That said, I have some exciting news to share in regards to another grant proposal for a different WW&F project. Stay tuned...
4  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / CRRC to Build Coaches for WW&F on: April 01, 2017, 12:00:29 AM
In a move that will startle rail preservationists everywhere, CRRC (the Chinese-government owned railcar builder) will be assembling new low-cost coaches for the WW&F in its newly-completed Springfield, MA factory. Having successfully received contracts to build subway cars and commuter coaches for some of the US' largest transit systems - including Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Chicago - CRRC now wishes to enter the narrow gauge preservation market.

CRRC became interested in bidding on the project when officials were impressed by the modeling of Eric Shade at a recent railroad hobby show in Springfield. CRRC has hired Mr. Shade to oversee the preservation group, starting with a fleet of coaches for Maine's historic WW&F Railway.

"With all the crappy models coming out of China these days, I thought this might be an opportunity to build something of quality" explained Shade.

Shade had planned to oversee the construction of a single coach at the WW&F Museum. However, since the Chinese offered to fabricate a fleet of coaches for the price that one would have cost the museum to build, Museum Superintendent Zack Wyllie hailed the decision as "a no brainah." When told of the change in plans, WW&F CMO Jason Lamontagne covered his ears and repeated "LA, LA, LA" very loudly. He was last seen making baby talk with his daughter, Amelia.

Terms of the contract were negotiated by Feiyu "Felix" Qi, long-time boyfriend of museum volunteer Emily Lecuyer. Qi's mother is a senior manager for CRRC at their Dalian, China headquarters. Qi is negotiating similar contracts with other narrow gauge railroads needing additional coaches, including the White Pass & Yukon, Durango & Silverton, Cumbres & Toltec, and Dan Markoff.

The coaches will be constructed as true replicas of historic Jackson & Sharp cars. "This will help us avoid pesky FRA crashworthiness requirements" explained Qi.  However, the coaches will be fully compatible with the WW&F's iChooch system.

Similar negotiations are underway to bring several Chinese 0-8-0 narrow gauge locomotives to the WW&F for operation, and Chinese steel rails to extend the WW&F main line all the way to China (Maine.)
5  General Topics / Moderator Announcements / Re: Happy Sloof Lirpa! on: April 01, 2017, 12:00:18 AM
The "You know you're a WW&F Fan when" thread is unlocked. Have fun everyone.
6  Other Maine Narrow Gauges (Historic & Preserved) / Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad / MOVED: Are wood patterns obsolete? on: March 31, 2017, 10:19:47 PM
This topic has been moved to Museum Discussion as it is better suited to the WW&F Museum than the SR&RL.

7  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Spun Out Of Controll on: March 30, 2017, 10:37:07 PM
The dreaded moderator is going to wrap this thing up soon!

I think I'll let this mill around a bit more before setting it out to pasture.

(Meanwhile, I do hope to be thoroughly entertained by spinning wheel humorous postings on Saturday.)
8  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Whimsical Weirdness and Foolery / Re: Spun Out Of Controll on: March 29, 2017, 09:40:39 PM
I agree with Steve...
The wool mill would fit right in at Sheepscot.
9  General Topics / Moderator Announcements / Re: NEWSLETTERS!!! on: March 24, 2017, 02:15:13 PM
March/April 2017 Newsletter (now posted) features major news on an exciting new project!
10  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Down the Mountain to Trout Brook - Official Work Thread on: March 15, 2017, 10:34:10 AM
Congratulations Mike. Job well done.

We should also note that much of the capital necessary for this phase of the project was raised by a challenge grant sponsored by the Emery Rail Heritage Trust (http://emeryrailheritagetrust.com/). This foundation was created by John H. Emery, who was an avid enthusiast who loved rail travel - especially those sites whose mission was to recreate the passenger experience from about 1920 to 1960. The WW&F served a vital link in the first decade of this era, allowing residents of the rural Sheepscot Valley to connect to the Maine Central, whose trains could whisk them off to Portland, Boston, or even New York City.

The trust also values our commitment to involve youth in our projects. The fact that we have four volunteers under the age of 18 who qualify for a 2016 Governor's Youth Volunteer Award (each with over 100 hours of service given during the year) is very impressive. Coupled with our successful college internship over the last two years (and her continued involvement as a volunteer) greatly exemplifies the virtues important to Mr. Emery of passing our love for railroading on to the next generation.

I understand that the orders for the materials needed to begin work have been placed. Thanks to the Emery Rail Heritage Trust, and the members who gave to the Fall Fundraiser, for making this a reality.
11  The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Original Railway / Re: Sheepscot Details on: March 14, 2017, 10:34:05 AM
One of those signs just popped up on eBay - starting bid $300.

The one on eBay is stamped "Made in England". Interesting.
12  The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Original Railway / Re: Sheepscot Details on: March 12, 2017, 04:45:13 PM
I think I found a match for the sign:

I couldn't find any currently for sale. Past sales (at auction) appear to be in the $300-$400 range.
13  The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Original Railway / Sheepscot Details on: March 12, 2017, 04:13:25 PM
Over on Facebook, Stewart published this photo:

Some interesting details....

What is the building to the right of the station? Did it have any connection to the WW&F?

There is a sign on the building. What is it? Can/should we get a replica of it for placement on our building?

The coach clearly shows the pocket used by the Miller Hook coupler. It looks like the boxcar (308?) has link and pin.
14  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 - Official Work Thread on: February 15, 2017, 10:29:56 PM
[Moderators Note]
Portions of this discussion have been moved to the "Members Only" section of the WW&F Forum.
15  WW&F Railway Museum Discussion / Work and Events / Re: Coach 8 - Official Work Thread on: February 14, 2017, 03:03:27 PM
FYI, a much better scan of the Coach 4 drawing is in Two Feet to Tidewater, page 253.

Is coach 8 going to be modified so that there is a handicap door on both sides of the car, or just the east-facing side?

Will the partition be moved to the point indicated in the drawing (closer to the baggage door), or will it stay where it is (at the center of the car?) Will the baggage end windows be closed off (as indicated as "probable" in the drawing.)
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